Saturday, December 21, 2013

When one door opens...

When one door opens... make a headboard! Or coffee table!

We have a friend recently who purchased a fixer-upper home in the country outside Junction City. When I say fixer-upper, I mean total gut and redo. It looks like someone walked out of the house in 1970 and never came back, which I think is pretty cool. He was replacing all the doors, windows, cabinets -- basically everything inside and out, and asked if we'd be interested in any of it. Ummm.... hello? Of course!! The first thing that caught my eye was doors throughout the house. Not only are they solid wood (and oh so heavy) they are really cute! We picked up two of these five-panel doors, one with some fancy original hardware and door knob. 


We transformed door #1 into this amazing king sized headboard. How gorgeous is that distressed paint??? 





As for door #2, we built this super cute coffee table! The original paint color was an off color yellow, which we quickly decided was a no-no for this table. So, we painted it a bright and cheery turquoise! 




We have one more door left and we're having a hard time deciding what to do with it! Any ideas?? 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Follow us on Instagram

We have joined Instagram --- http://instagram.com/againstthegraindesigns

Be sure to follow us for previews of our for sale pieces, revamps and custom built furniture.



Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, December 9, 2013

NEW Monogrammed Headboards

We had a special request from a client to add a monogram to her custom farmhouse headboard. We loved the idea and the result, so we're going to add this as an option on any of our custom made headboards or complete beds for an additional $10. Email us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com for more information or to place your order!



Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 





Friday, December 6, 2013

Kansas Barn Sale 2013


I know many of you heard me raving on Facebook about the Kansas Barn Sale earlier this fall. Yes, fall. I am just getting around to unloading the pictures off my camera and blogging about this amazing event. Procrastination much? Well, I think I get a pass since I was growing and birthing a baby. Anyways, The Kansas Barn Sale - SO amazing. Everyone should be heading to their website -- http://kansasbarnsale.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page - Kansas Barn Sale on Facebook right after you finishing reading this post. 


Hears the scoop - Its an annual event for crafters, antique dealers, junkers and hoarders alike. The 2013 event was held on October 5th just outside of Wichita in a barn (yup, the bright red kind too!) outside of a town called Hesston. Its free to attend and I'll keep you posted on the vendor fees -- we are looking into joining the event next year. It was about a two hour drive for us but we made a day of it, hitting up a diner for breakfast along the way and stopping at some of our favorite stores on the way back. The parking situation at the event was a little chaotic, but once we got parked and in, we were good to go. There was live music, several food vendors, a mini pumpkin patch and lots and lots and lots of vendors. It was my Mecca. 

Here some of our favorite finds of the day -- 




Love that rustic clock! 


How perfect for kids! Love this idea.

I tried to come up with something to do with these old bed coils, but couldn't think of anything. Any ideas?? They are so cool looking and I just know they could be repurposed into something amazing. 



This may be my new favorite color. 





We spent an hour or two walking around ohh-ing and awe-ing at everything. I had to restrain myself from buying everything in site but we did come home with a few goodies. 

Remember the rusty "R" I hung on Reid's nursery door? We bought it from a vendor out of Wichita. I paired it with a painted frame and a burlap tie! We also scooped up a few locker shelf to hold diapers/wipes/baby products on his changing table, a mirror we've hung in our living room and some funky shaped doors we've repurposed into chalkboards! I could have bought so much more, but luckily for my bank account we had a limited amount of space in the car! 


I am so excited about the 2014 event and will keep you all posted once they announce the date. In the meantime, we're riding high on the inspiration we got at the event with lots of ideas and fun projects to come!! Stay tuned friends! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Welcome to the World Reid!

Better late than never! I am super excited to introduce Reid Matthew Bowie. Born on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:14 a.m. The past month have been such a blur and we are slowly adjusting to life with a newborn. Unfortunately Against the Grain has had to take a back seat lately BUT we are planning on starting 2014 with some new projects and some new promotions! Thank you all for being so patient with us as we catch up on messages and emails. Our response time is longer, but we promise we will get back to you!! In the meantime, we are working one project at a time and spending lots of snuggling with our sweet little man.